All Columnists articles – Page 8

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    Charlotte Blum: analysis editor, Argus Media

    2018-05-23T00:00:00Z

    Brent crude futures at this week topped $75/bl for the first time since November 2014, pushed up by tensions in the Middle East that are exacerbating the underlying effects of strong demand and producers’ output restraint. UK drivers are not yet feeling the pressure of the latest $6-7/bl rise as ...

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    Merril Boulton: editor

    2018-04-12T00:00:00Z

    Good to see hydrogen getting a bit of media coverage as a worthy contender for powering vehicles in the future. There has been such a powerful onslaught from those pushing the electric agenda that anyone would think the future of fuels has been decided, despite the many challenges and limitations ...

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    Kevin Eastwood: BOSS - executive director

    2018-04-12T00:00:00Z

    Last month BOSS was able to report that crime on Britain’s retail forecourts fell by 12.2% during the final quarter of 2017. Despite this success, crime on forecourts remains at an unacceptable level. BOSS is already returning £1m a year to forecourt retailers and this figure is likely to ...

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    Charlotte Blum: analysis editor, Argus Media

    2018-04-12T00:00:00Z

    Demand growth and a strong commitment by Opec and its partners to their continued production cuts have supported prices even as worries of a potential US-China trade war are casting a shadow over expectations of strong demand growth. In late March, Brent futures on Ice topped $70/bl for the ...

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    James Lowman: ACS chief executive

    2018-04-12T00:00:00Z

    We recently published our annual Crime Report, looking at the overall scale and impact of crimes committed against the convenience sector, covering everything from staff theft and fraud, to robberies and ram raids. The headline figures paint a stark picture with almost a million incidents of shop theft reported by ...

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    Tracy West: retail commentator

    2018-03-20T00:00:00Z

    The first of the Bank Holidays hits later this month with Good Friday on March 30, followed closely by Easter Monday on April 2. The true meaning of Easter may have been forgotten by most people, but it still resonates with many thanks to those extra days off work for ...

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    Brian Madderson: PRA chairman

    2018-03-20T00:00:00Z

    With almost the entire UK recently feeling the arctic effects of the ’Beast from the East’ mingling with Storm Emma, my thoughts turned to all those drivers stuck for hours in their vehicles. Then my thoughts turned to Electric Vehicles (EVs), and I wondered just how long their batteries would ...

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    Merril Boulton: editor

    2018-03-20T00:00:00Z

    Well wow what a deal! MFG and MRH coming together to create one big group (see News Extra, page 10). We had reported the rumours in Forecourt Trader, but generally in the industry few seemed overly invested in the idea that it would really happen. Many thought it was ...

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    David Charman: chairman Car Wash Association

    2018-03-20T00:00:00Z

    Recently there have been several high-profile raids on unregulated hand car washes (HCW). In the largest, police raided hand car washes and 30 residential addresses in Milton Keynes. Officers found 36 "modern slaves", 13 people were arrested and large quantities of drugs were found. This confirms that government and the ...

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    Charlotte Blum: analysis editor, Argus Media

    2018-03-20T00:00:00Z

    The oil market is having trouble assessing how oil producers, especially in the US, are stepping into the breach left by Opec/non-Opec output cuts. Throw in expectations of higher demand, and you have a market where Brent first lost almost 10% of its value and then rose again by 5% ...

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    Stephen Marcos Jones: director general, UKPIA

    2018-02-14T00:00:00Z

    This year signals another gear-shift in the energy transition to a lower-carbon economy. Spearheaded by COP 21, governments around the globe are setting far-reaching ambitions to fundamentally re-stitch the tapestry of the energy industry, society and the natural environment. Parts of the energy sector have translated this into opportunity, while ...

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    Tracy West: retail commentator

    2018-02-14T00:00:00Z

    My local Jet garage is switching to Esso fuel. I asked a member of staff whether that meant prices would go up and he said ’no’ and if anything they’d be cheaper. I asked him the reason for the switch and he said they needed to drum up more trade ...

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    Merril Boulton: editor

    2018-02-14T00:00:00Z

    Out and about in the petrol retailing world and it’s not long before the conversation turns to electric vehicle charging. It’s clearly top of mind for the sector, although no one is completely sure what to do about it. Some retailers are boldly leasing off car parking spaces to charging ...

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    Ray Blake: PRA technical director

    2018-02-14T00:00:00Z

    The PRA technical team is receiving a number of enquiries about when they must notify their Petroleum Enforcing Authority (PEA) of changes they wish to make to their fuel storage and dispensing arrangements. Apart from when applying for a Petroleum Storage Certificate for a new installation or a knockdown ...

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    Charlotte Blum: analysis editor, Argus Media

    2018-02-14T00:00:00Z

    Oil prices are at their highest for three years. Global economic growth is especially supporting middle distillate prices, keeping diesel well above petrol at UK retail stations. Ice Brent futures climbed above $70/bl for a few days in January, for the first time since December 2014, pushed up by ...

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    Tracy West: retail commentator

    2018-01-12T00:00:00Z

    Life is all about choice but increasingly choices are being taken away from us apparently for our own good. Here I am referring to the removal of sugar, particularly in soft drinks. With implementation of the sugar levy fast approaching (April 6), many companies are clamouring to cut back ...

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    Merril Boulton: editor

    2018-01-12T00:00:00Z

    If the start of 2018 is anything to go by, it’s going to be another lively year in the forecourt sector. I guess we’ve got somewhat used to the bigger fishes in the pond buying the smaller ones, and to this end we saw MFG adding to its numbers with ...

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    Kevin Eastwood: BOSS

    2018-01-12T00:00:00Z

    Kevin Eastwood BOSS Executive Director Last year there were press reports that crimes involving a loss of under £50 would not be investigated by the police unless a suspect is already identified, and that CCTV should only be analysed for crimes committed in a 20-minute time frame. ...

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    Charlotte Blum: analysis editor, Argus

    2018-01-12T00:00:00Z

    Brent crude and wholesale gasoil prices ended 2017 at their highest since May 2015. UK drivers are paying more for diesel than they have in three years, with petrol not far behind. Falling crude stocks in the US were the immediate reason for the Brent price rising past $66.50/bl at ...

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    James Lowman: chief executive, ACS

    2018-01-12T00:00:00Z

    You may have seen and heard ACS in the media over Christmas talking about some changes to the way the police, courts and government are responding to shop theft. There are a couple of separate issues at play here. Firstly, different police forces are setting policies about how they ...